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Empakaai Crater

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
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Lovely views from the rim and a nice hike down to the lake.

This is a picturesque place, the view from the rim is stunning, the pink edge of the lake is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lee Ann Z
Great place to stretch your legs!

So we had the perfect day to view the crater and to walk down and back up. You could see the entire... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2017
British Columbia, Canada
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a picturesque place, the view from the rim is stunning, the pink edge of the lake is thousands of Flamingos. The hike down and back is on the same path and is steep but not a problem for any reasonable fit individual that...More

Thank Lee Ann Z
Reviewed 15 August 2017

So we had the perfect day to view the crater and to walk down and back up. You could see the entire rim. There are flamingos at the bottom but not that many considering. The journey from Ngorongoro Sopa lodge to the crater rim is...More

1  Thank Buggedeyed
Reviewed 13 August 2017

The walk down from the rim to the lake at the bottom of the crater is a fantastic experience. It can only be done accompanied by an armed ranger. Arrangements must be made trought the park authorities. Our safari agent had made the arrangement for...More

1  Thank Chambesy
Reviewed 14 July 2017

It is a very nice hike that provided a welcomed break from sitting in the jeep for most part of the day. I was initially a bit intimidated by "steepness" that was refereed in many reviewed, but it was not steep at all ( even...More

1  Thank Rozann
Reviewed 29 May 2017

We are a family of four and booked the crater hike as part of our 11 day safari in Tanzania. Most of the drive from the Ngorongo Sopa Lodge was scenic but it got really bad and rough as you get to the crater. It...More

1  Thank WinkSea
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We had taken an armed ranger with us for this hike and it took us about 45-50mins to ascend and similar time to ascend.. We did not pay much attention to looking around for the lake when descending as we were surrounded by thick foliage...More

Thank travellertrail6
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

A must!!! A 30 minutes descend and 1 to 1.5 hours of steep walk up the crater but what a view! A 3 hours break from the sit down safari drive games...

2  Thank Ymym65
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

You will not see animals here but you will see beautiful nature and this is your chance to do some not too difficult hiking. Maybe not for small kids but my teens loved it.

1  Thank Danizel
Reviewed 24 February 2017

If you visit during the flamingo migration months (August - Sept), you will be treated to approximately 1 million flamingos in the lake at the bottom of the crater - so many that the lake will appear pink from the ridge above. If you visit...More

2  Thank harvman
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

What a magical, mystical place. Well worth the long drive and hike down into the crater. Although we didn't see much wildlife, the isolation, tranquility and view was spectacular. It can be a bit tough hiking back out so take it easy and pack lots...More

1  Thank JacRedHK
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7 March 2016|
Response from Jordan D |
We have done several hike to this place, no one had any altitude problem. In case you have altitude issue, best to ascend at a slower pace. Jordan D' Souza / Tanzania Serengeti Adventure